June 14, 2013

Batting trips up Pakistan again

The Champions Trophy debacle was just another example of how frail Pakistan's batting has been over the last few years
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All stats in the tables below exclude matches played against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and other non-Test-playing sides

Pakistan's bowlers have long been accustomed to making up for the deficiencies of their batsmen, but it was a bridge too far even for their talented pace and spin attack in the Champions Trophy, as Pakistan crashed out of the tournament with two defeats, both largely because of batting failures. Against West Indies they scored only 170, and against South Africa they meekly folded up for 167 when chasing 235. Their match against India should have been one of the key games of the Champions Trophy; instead, the only significance in the context of the tournament might be to determine India's ranking in the group.

Batting letting Pakistan down has been a recurring theme in their cricket, especially in the last few years. That's clear from the table below, which lists the overall win-loss ratios and the batting numbers for each team against the top eight sides (excluding Bangladesh and Zimbabwe). India have the best batting average, run rate, and win-loss ratio (64 wins, 37 losses), which reinforces the fact that batsmen shape the results of ODIs more than bowlers do. Pakistan, on the other hand, languish at No. 8 in terms of average and run rate. Even Bangladesh have a higher average, though, along with Zimbabwe, they are the only one with a lower run rate.

As a bowling unit, Pakistan are outstanding - they average 31.70 per wicket, and concede 4.95 runs per over. In terms of average, only South Africa and Australia have done better, while they are the only side to concede less than five an over. Their bowling's the reason Pakistan's win-loss ratio is the sixth-best, despite their batting stats being eighth. However, they still score at a slower rate than they concede runs (4.80 to 4.95), and score fewer runs per wicket than they concede. Despite Pakistan's wonderful bowling, they still languish among the second lot of teams in terms of their win-loss ratio, well below those of India, South Africa, Australia, England and Sri Lanka.

ODI stats for each team since Jan 2009
Team Matches W/L W/L ratio Average Run rate 100s/ 50s
India 109 64/ 37 1.72 36.71 5.58 41/ 134
South Africa 64 37/ 26 1.42 35.62 5.40 22/ 86
Australia 116 66/ 43 1.53 33.93 5.13 26/ 158
England 84 43/ 37 1.16 32.50 5.21 17/ 88
Sri Lanka 102 46/ 48 0.95 30.89 5.14 27/ 113
New Zealand 72 24/ 41 0.58 27.38 5.08 11/ 71
Bangladesh 50 17/ 32 0.53 27.13 4.77 6/ 55
Pakistan 82 32/ 48 0.66 26.64 4.80 14/ 85
West Indies 69 16/ 48 0.33 25.80 4.93 9/ 65
Zimbabwe 32 5/ 27 0.18 24.67 4.50 5/ 34

In terms of batting averages, Pakistan's is 27% below India's, which is a significant difference even after allowing for the fact that they have played many of their matches in the UAE, where conditions aren't the most favourable for batsmen looking for quick runs. The last column of the table above illustrates one of the problems with their batting: their inability to score centuries, and convert their fifties into something more substantial. India's batsmen have scored 41 hundreds in 109 matches, an average of roughly one every two and a half games; they have also scored 41 hundreds out of 175 fifty-plus scores, which means roughly once out of four times a half-century has been converted into a century. South Africa's conversion is similar, while they have scored a hundred once in three games.

Pakistan's ratios are much poorer: 14 centuries in 82 matches works out to an average of one in six games. They have also gone past fifty 99 times in these matches, of which only 14 have been converted into hundreds, a ratio of one in seven. That's about as good as Australia's ratio, but Australia have had many more 50-plus scores - 184 in 116 matches, or 1.6 per match - than Pakistan, which has made up for the fact that their conversion rate isn't as good as India's or South Africa's.

A look at the individual batsmen reveals the culprits, or at least some of them. All the numbers below are also against the top sides, and among those who have scored at least 500 runs against them, only Misbah-ul-Haq and Nasir Jamshed have 400-plus averages. (Click here for the full list.) Misbah's strike rate, though, is only 69, which is clearly below average. That's partly because he has often had to rebuild after the team has lost quick wickets, but it's still an aspect of his game which has been questioned. The impressive Jamshed has a healthy strike rate of 77, while the only other top-order batsman who has combined a reasonable average with a good strike rate is Umar Akmal. Mohammad Hafeez averages 31, but you'd want more from a batsman who usually opens the innings and gets the opportunity to bat long periods.

The rest have been pretty ordinary: Younis Khan batted as many as 58 innings and averaged less than 23, Shoaib Malik has averaged less than 24, while Asad Shafiq has managed five half-centuries in 29 innings at a strike rate of less than 70.

A common problem for most of the Pakistan batsmen is obvious from the last column of the table below: their high dot-ball percentage. It's normal for the openers to have a slightly higher dot-ball factor because of the number of fielders within the circle, but good middle-order players should have a percentage of less than 50. AB de Villiers has a percentage of 40, Suresh Raina 46, Michael Hussey 44, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni 48. However, the table below shows that all Pakistan batsmen save Shahid Afridi have a dot-ball percentage of more than 50. In fact, for most of them it's around 55 or more. Among the batsmen in the list below, Misbah, Shafiq, Younis and Malik all bat usually in the middle order, and all of them have dot-ball percentages in the mid-50s.

All of this analysis doesn't even include Imran Farhat, whose place in the Champions Trophy squad has come under plenty of scrutiny. Farhat averages 30.69 from 58 ODIs over a career which has stretched 12 years, but in overseas or neutral venues it drops further to 27.13, at a strike rate of 67. In the period in question, and against the top sides, Farhat has averaged 29.26 at a strike rate of 67 - which isn't worse than most of his team-mates - scoring 439 in 15 innings. He hasn't been a regular in the last few years, but what probably prompted his selection for the Champions Trophy was his 93 against South Africa in Durban earlier this year. His summer performances have been awful though: in five innings he has scored 64, and that includes three games against Scotland and Ireland. Like all the other Pakistan batsmen, Farhat has struggled with the dot balls too - his percentage since 2009 is 62.16, the highest among the lot.

Pakistan batsmen in ODIs since Jan 2009
Batsman Innings Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s Dot-ball%
Misbah-ul-Haq 55 1825 44.51 68.84 0/ 15 55.30
Mohammad Hafeez 55 1647 31.07 76.71 3/ 10 59.66
Umar Akmal 52 1562 35.50 83.04 1/ 11 51.36
Shahid Afridi 66 1423 22.58 122.77 1/ 5 40.38
Younis Khan 58 1290 22.63 66.67 0/ 8 54.88
Kamran Akmal 51 1236 25.75 82.67 1/ 6 59.26
Asad Shafiq 29 754 27.92 68.54 0/ 5 56.45
Shoaib Malik 35 731 23.58 70.76 1/ 1 56.15
Nasir Jamshed 16 686 45.73 76.99 3/ 2 56.23
Abdul Razzaq 27 578 27.52 89.61 1/ 1 50.70
Salman Butt 18 540 31.76 71.24 1/ 5 61.35

Breaking up the 50-over innings into three bits, it's clear that Pakistan tend to lose plenty of ground at the start of their innings: they average 28.69 at a run rate of 4.07 and a dot-ball percentage of more than 70, all of which are much poorer than most of the other top sides. Their numbers in the middle overs are reasonable, but they haven't finished particularly well either, an area which used to be their strength once upon a time. All of this has put plenty of pressure on their bowlers to perform the rescue act, and while they've done that on several occasions, the Champions Trophy wasn't one of them.

Over-wise break-ups for each team in ODIs since Jan 2009
  First 10 overs 10.1 to 40 overs 40.1 to 50 overs
Team Runs per wkt Runs per over Dot ball % Runs per wkt Runs per over Dot ball % Runs per wkt Runs per over Dot ball %
England 45.64 5.04 65.26 35.77 4.93 49.60 19.35 6.85 40.14
South Africa 44.38 5.00 63.25 43.35 5.13 45.23 20.50 7.08 37.50
Australia 37.04 4.64 66.27 39.71 4.75 51.69 23.56 7.28 36.20
India 34.66 5.20 63.18 43.88 5.33 48.38 24.86 7.37 38.91
Sri Lanka 34.14 5.05 65.27 37.15 4.78 51.92 18.82 6.90 38.49
Bangladesh 31.02 4.68 67.86 29.56 4.36 55.61 19.93 6.67 42.81
Pakistan 28.69 4.07 71.36 32.44 4.69 52.87 16.04 6.47 45.56
New Zealand 28.68 4.55 70.22 30.03 4.72 53.21 21.31 7.47 40.33
West Indies 27.81 4.50 69.25 28.35 4.70 56.28 18.62 6.83 44.19
Zimbabwe 27.08 3.89 71.72 26.08 4.29 56.40 19.88 6.36 45.14

All stats updated till the seventh match of the 2013 Champions Trophy, between Australia and New Zealand.

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

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  • RaadQ on June 14, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    The problem is two fold (1) batting and (2) selection. If Pakistan was to select their BEST players STATISTICALLY (bringing in U. Akmal and Fawad Alam to replace Farhat and S. Malik) and then failing, we would have a real cause of concern. Right now the problem lies with selection. They replaced two pakistani heroes out of form (Y. Khan and Afridi) justifiably, but replaced them with two of the most inconsistent and under performing players. I also recommend demoting Hafeez down the order as he often struggles with the new ball and Kamran Akmal (if you have to play him!) up the order at opening or first drop where he sometimes hits a quick 20-30. My XI: 1. Jamshed, 2. K. Akmal, 3.A. Shafiq 4. M. Hafeez, 5. Misbah Ul Haq, 6. Umar Akmal 7. Fawad Alam 8. Allrounder 9. Ajmal 10. J. Khan 11. Irfan/Asad Ali

    Allrounders: Riaz, Afridi, Amin, Azam (depending on need and form)

    In the long term, U. Akmal should be groomed as a WK bastman.

  • on June 17, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    I don't think you need to look at the statistics to realise you cannot have batsmen like Farhat, Hafeez and Malik in your top six against good quality side as they will fail most of the time. The selection of batsmen for Champions Trophy was basically wrong and I just hope that it is now the end of these three players career with Pakistan just like Afridi, Razzaq and Yunus (ODI). Only time will tell if batsmen like Shafiq and Amin are suited to ODI cricket. I have not included Kamran Akmal in this list as I am of the view that currently he is the best wicket keeper / batsman in the country and in Champions Trophy he batted too low down the order, too late for him to do anything given that top order had already failed miserably. Sometimes he comes off but you cannot expect him to do it again and again, other batsmen need to take responsibility as well. I reckon selectors would still want to include Hafeez in the XI because of his all round status. If they do he should bat number 6 or7.

  • on June 17, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    bad selection is always in Pakistan. fawad, razzaq, afridi, haris sohail, anwar khan,ahmed shahzad,rizwan,aizaz cheema,umar akmal were in Pakistan. shoaib malik. Imran farhat ,Kamran akmal and Hafiz type average players were playing in champions trophy. Razzaq & Afridi was out just because of M. Hafeez and Misbah. I think Hafeez should be out from the team.He is the main leader to making a group in the team just for captaincy. I think fawad alam is the best player of the one day side. he always trying to get single like Javed miadad.

  • Unconstitutional_PCB_Chief on June 16, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    PCB and the selection committee behaves like "My way or the Highway" and justifies their decision by saying "There is not enough talent out their" they are misleading the nation and we will continue to hear this song and dance. President's power to assign PCB chief is the main problem. Writers and the cricket pundits need to address this in strong terms. Sooner we do that the better it is for cricket in Pakistan.

  • Attractivue on June 16, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    I'm no massive Misbah fan but this guy deserves a lot more appreciation than these unthankful Pakistani fans!

    Look at the table above, he's the top performer and the only batsman whose average is over 40 in the last 4 years!

  • on June 16, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    In 2010's Pakistan continues to play cricket of the 90's. Cutting it short, Umar Akmal should take gloves and bat 5. Ahmed Shahzad should be opening with Jamshed. And lastly, the coaching is woeful. I mean bhuvneshwar might be a pack of proteins but 125 kph in this day and age is trivial and no matter how much u seam or swing, u should not be going for 18 of 8 overs.

  • PlayfromDallas on June 15, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Pakistani batmen are not able to perform? It is because selected team is heavily regional biased and batsmen are not skilled enough to execute batting particularly when under pressure. You all have to understand that batsmen selected are all from one region; this situation is so bad that in this Champion Trophy 2013 only two out of fifteen players are from other than one region. There are so many players from one region that it is difficult to call it Pakistan XI?

  • IAS2009 on June 14, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    pakistan never had great batsmen but were decent, in last decade we had Yousuf, YK and Inzimam, there were no replacement groomed, Azhar is good available in the lot, Paksitan have decent batsmen for ODI, the players in the team lacks the discipline to be successful, with all the experience combined they should do better than that. the team don't believe in self, no plan to chase big or small target, blocking the ball in tests and ODI is not going to cut it, see the stats about doc balls, it shows no intent to move the score, it takes 20 balls in tests and 11 in odi to get dismissed, score has to move in order to win games, please do not patronize Misbah misleading stats. meaning less runs in ODI or test when game is lost does not mean anything. Misbah batting lost the game in WC semi final he score at end when the game is lost. Make Hafeez ODI captain he captained better in T20 and always have intent to score.

  • JavedHaider on June 14, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    The author needs to check his sources before writing. Afridi made two back to back centuries in 2010 only whereas this article mentions just ONE Century since 2009. Kindly rectify the mistake

  • on June 14, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    I have been watching Pakistan play for 25 years now. In that time, they have had enough world class batsmen as to be able to count them on one hand - more or less. Miandad, who was in the last phase of his career, Inzi, Younis Khan, Saeed Anwar and Mohammed Yusuf. 5 players of genuine quality.

    The remainder have been average to rubbish. Overseas, their poor techniques get exposed. Now and then, good bowling has make up the difference, but one cannot expect to be a successful team if half the engine isnt firing!

  • RaadQ on June 14, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    The problem is two fold (1) batting and (2) selection. If Pakistan was to select their BEST players STATISTICALLY (bringing in U. Akmal and Fawad Alam to replace Farhat and S. Malik) and then failing, we would have a real cause of concern. Right now the problem lies with selection. They replaced two pakistani heroes out of form (Y. Khan and Afridi) justifiably, but replaced them with two of the most inconsistent and under performing players. I also recommend demoting Hafeez down the order as he often struggles with the new ball and Kamran Akmal (if you have to play him!) up the order at opening or first drop where he sometimes hits a quick 20-30. My XI: 1. Jamshed, 2. K. Akmal, 3.A. Shafiq 4. M. Hafeez, 5. Misbah Ul Haq, 6. Umar Akmal 7. Fawad Alam 8. Allrounder 9. Ajmal 10. J. Khan 11. Irfan/Asad Ali

    Allrounders: Riaz, Afridi, Amin, Azam (depending on need and form)

    In the long term, U. Akmal should be groomed as a WK bastman.

  • on June 17, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    I don't think you need to look at the statistics to realise you cannot have batsmen like Farhat, Hafeez and Malik in your top six against good quality side as they will fail most of the time. The selection of batsmen for Champions Trophy was basically wrong and I just hope that it is now the end of these three players career with Pakistan just like Afridi, Razzaq and Yunus (ODI). Only time will tell if batsmen like Shafiq and Amin are suited to ODI cricket. I have not included Kamran Akmal in this list as I am of the view that currently he is the best wicket keeper / batsman in the country and in Champions Trophy he batted too low down the order, too late for him to do anything given that top order had already failed miserably. Sometimes he comes off but you cannot expect him to do it again and again, other batsmen need to take responsibility as well. I reckon selectors would still want to include Hafeez in the XI because of his all round status. If they do he should bat number 6 or7.

  • on June 17, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    bad selection is always in Pakistan. fawad, razzaq, afridi, haris sohail, anwar khan,ahmed shahzad,rizwan,aizaz cheema,umar akmal were in Pakistan. shoaib malik. Imran farhat ,Kamran akmal and Hafiz type average players were playing in champions trophy. Razzaq & Afridi was out just because of M. Hafeez and Misbah. I think Hafeez should be out from the team.He is the main leader to making a group in the team just for captaincy. I think fawad alam is the best player of the one day side. he always trying to get single like Javed miadad.

  • Unconstitutional_PCB_Chief on June 16, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    PCB and the selection committee behaves like "My way or the Highway" and justifies their decision by saying "There is not enough talent out their" they are misleading the nation and we will continue to hear this song and dance. President's power to assign PCB chief is the main problem. Writers and the cricket pundits need to address this in strong terms. Sooner we do that the better it is for cricket in Pakistan.

  • Attractivue on June 16, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    I'm no massive Misbah fan but this guy deserves a lot more appreciation than these unthankful Pakistani fans!

    Look at the table above, he's the top performer and the only batsman whose average is over 40 in the last 4 years!

  • on June 16, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    In 2010's Pakistan continues to play cricket of the 90's. Cutting it short, Umar Akmal should take gloves and bat 5. Ahmed Shahzad should be opening with Jamshed. And lastly, the coaching is woeful. I mean bhuvneshwar might be a pack of proteins but 125 kph in this day and age is trivial and no matter how much u seam or swing, u should not be going for 18 of 8 overs.

  • PlayfromDallas on June 15, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Pakistani batmen are not able to perform? It is because selected team is heavily regional biased and batsmen are not skilled enough to execute batting particularly when under pressure. You all have to understand that batsmen selected are all from one region; this situation is so bad that in this Champion Trophy 2013 only two out of fifteen players are from other than one region. There are so many players from one region that it is difficult to call it Pakistan XI?

  • IAS2009 on June 14, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    pakistan never had great batsmen but were decent, in last decade we had Yousuf, YK and Inzimam, there were no replacement groomed, Azhar is good available in the lot, Paksitan have decent batsmen for ODI, the players in the team lacks the discipline to be successful, with all the experience combined they should do better than that. the team don't believe in self, no plan to chase big or small target, blocking the ball in tests and ODI is not going to cut it, see the stats about doc balls, it shows no intent to move the score, it takes 20 balls in tests and 11 in odi to get dismissed, score has to move in order to win games, please do not patronize Misbah misleading stats. meaning less runs in ODI or test when game is lost does not mean anything. Misbah batting lost the game in WC semi final he score at end when the game is lost. Make Hafeez ODI captain he captained better in T20 and always have intent to score.

  • JavedHaider on June 14, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    The author needs to check his sources before writing. Afridi made two back to back centuries in 2010 only whereas this article mentions just ONE Century since 2009. Kindly rectify the mistake

  • on June 14, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    I have been watching Pakistan play for 25 years now. In that time, they have had enough world class batsmen as to be able to count them on one hand - more or less. Miandad, who was in the last phase of his career, Inzi, Younis Khan, Saeed Anwar and Mohammed Yusuf. 5 players of genuine quality.

    The remainder have been average to rubbish. Overseas, their poor techniques get exposed. Now and then, good bowling has make up the difference, but one cannot expect to be a successful team if half the engine isnt firing!

  • Ahmad1121 on June 14, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Furthermore, you can bring Umar Akmal as a wicket keeper and let him bat higher in the order. I think we all agree on dropping Hafeez to the middle order so let him come at 4. You bring in Razzaq as a specialist batsman and Afridi should also focus on his batting and be reliable. Razzaq and Jamshed to open, Umar Akmal 3, Hafeez 4, Shafeeq 5, Shehzad 6, Afridi 7 and then the four bowlers one of them being Riaz who can also hit. And Afridi can switch his position as necessary. That will be young talented team which can take you throu to World Cup 2015. I'm sorry for Misbah but he got to go. His approach to the game is just not cutting it.

  • Ahmad1121 on June 14, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Listen All that praise for Misbah isn't gonna get us anywhere. Sure he was the only one batted in these two games but what good that does for us? Other than individual numbers, it means nothing. Misbah and Afridi are the two problems for our poor batting styles and neither one have learned to adopt. But if I have to choose between these two I will choose Afridi only because he is a match winner and Misbah has never able to bring us over the line. I will get rid of Misbah completely from ODIs maybe even test matches as well. He is 39 he is not taking us anywhere. As much as I'm not a big fan of Afridi I will stick with him and make him a permanent long term captain (Even the great Imran Khan agrees to that). We need to bring Razzaq back, the guy is a great all round player why he isn't in the team? I don't like any of these Akmal brothers really cuz they just play for themselves not for the team with all that talent but since he is the top pakistani batsman then why not get him in.

  • on June 14, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    this is a sad story for pakistan.. look we take u akmal out bring in asad shafiq and vice versa. similarly in the openers we play around with hafeez, nasir, imran nazir, imran farhat, yasir hameed, ahmed shahzad etc.. then in all rounders we play with shahid afridi, shoaib malik, uakmal at times etc.. in keepers obviously you have to be an akmal to be the keeper of the team .. boy cant we think of players other than them ? there are so many youngsters in the domestic circuit .. and these players have already been given so so many chances.. we take them out and then when their alternative fail we bring them in again without any performance parameters.. this is strange.. get rid of these tested players and bring in raw new talent...

  • PakCricSpin on June 14, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    Good article. I would like to say, Batting has been Pakistan's Achilles heel since forever. I would disagree with the others who are blaming poor batsmen selection. ALL Pakistani batsmen are fragile. Why is this so? The problem is 2 fold. Pakistan has little to no Cricket Academies. Batsmen aren't born, they are groomed. Secondly, Pakistan never had the opportunity to play at Home since 2008ish.

  • IAS2009 on June 14, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    i am glad this article put number in front of faces, faces that have in team not sure for what reason, this whole Pakistan team mantra of negative tactics solely on Misbah and management, from selection of players to how the game is played, Pakistan could have lost all ODI games and that is fine but after that you will find players who could play positive/aggresive cricket. even in test matches Misbah approach was poor, in SA Pakitsan could have beaten SA in 2nd test, 2nd inng. Mibshah with Azhar batter for 40 overs for less than 60 runs with ball 30 overs old not swinging, knowingly that new ball will finish Pakistan batting he chose to block only, in the end after new ball taken Pakistan batting folded, even Pakistan could have beaten SL in test in UAE also but for Misbah's defensive approach prevented it. Misbah is also responsible for team selection of these repeated failures. If one can not rotate strike to build innings find some one who can,

  • ProdigyA on June 14, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Great analysis Rajesh, wonder where you get these ideas from. This is a great tool for not just Pak but every team to analyze where they are going wrong. The reason for India doing so well in batting is clearly they have best runs per over and least percentage of dot balls.

  • on June 14, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Pakistan should play with these players till the 2015 worldcup,they will get the experience and confidence which will help them mature as a team

    Pakistan XI : Ahmed Shahzad,Nasir Jamshed,Hafeez,Umar Akmal/Umer Amin,Asad Shafiq,Shahid Afridi(Captain),Kamran Akmal,Saeed Ajmal,Junaid Khan,Wahab riaz and Irfan/Ehsaan Adil.

  • Hassan_U on June 14, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Its pretty clear for years it always has been a big problem. When you have players like Hafeez who is in for his batting but hasn't done much and his overall average shows that. Tends to hide behind his bowling.

    close to period of 10 years Imran Farhat, M Hafeez have never managed to put set of performances together.

    Also Kamran Akmal has been not up to standard either.

    The selectors have to answer for this yet players who are much better don't make it to the team.

  • AH_USA on June 14, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    It would be interesting to see the ODI win/loose statistics broken down into wins at home for the various teams since 2009. PAK has not played at home since the dreadful incident in 2009 and while its batting is still relatively weaker than the other top ODI teams, playing at home does make a huge difference. It gives more confidence to a batsman when he plays in familiar conditions.

  • MaestroYousuf on June 14, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    2. Nasir Jamshed..... a nice talent but guided in the company of negative people.......attack is his natural game but due to unknown reasons he thinks he is the saviour of the team and goes into the shell which effects the overall runrate of the team. Pakistan over the last decade has missed or unlucky to find an opener like saeed anwar.

    I want all the people who will read this comment to look out for nasir jamshed against india when he bats. His style of holding the bat limits him to play square on the offside effectively as when ever he tries to cut the ball , his bat twists in the hand and the ball is not timed properly. Even he needs to get out of the shell and play with freedom like shikar dawan.

    INDIA HAS THE BEST BATTING LINE UP IN THE WORLD AT PRESENT WITH NEAR TO FLAWLESS TECHNIQUE.

  • MaestroYousuf on June 14, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    I want to mention the technical flaws of pakistan batsman which feature in pakistan squad regularly despite their weakness. 1. Mohammad Hafeez. Seems to be a very over confident batsman with limited front foot movement and consumes a lot of balls. Has almost every shot in his inventory but a batsman with hesitant mind when it comes to playing aggressively. He doesnt boast a good record against good bowling sides because of his technical flaws but always score runs against minnows without fail and makes stupid selectors justify his place in the side. He has to play positively with agressive strokes and keep rotating the strike. He has to adjust his technique against the moving ball and stick to the opening slot. His bowling alone cannot let him run a long mile.

  • Stark62 on June 14, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    The T20 team should be used as the ODI team.

    The T20 team would look something like this: Nasir, Shezhad, Hafeez, U. Akmal, Harris Sohail, Mohammed Rizwan (new wicket keeper), Afridi, Riaz/Hammad, Gul, Ajmal and Irfan.

    The batting is deep enough, where the no. 9 batsmen is capable, although I would replace Gul for Junaid and Riaz for Hammad in ODI's

    Shezhad is naturally aggressive and so is Nasir but his mentality has changed recently (thanks to Mr. tuk tuk), with Harris solidifying the middle and Umar making it tough for the spinners to settle into a rhythm, plus you'll get Afridi, Rizwan and Riaz as the hitters at the end.

    Also, you'll have 6 genuine front line bowlers: Irfan, Junaid, Riaz, Ajmal, Afridi and Hafeez, so if one goes around the park, then there is back up.

  • on June 14, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    My 11 of Pakistani Team will be: 1-Jamshed 2-Ahmed Shehzad 3-Misbah 4-Haris Sohail/Asad Shafiq 5-Hafeez 6-Umar Amin/Umar Akmal 7-Rizwan(WK) 8-Hammad/Wahab/Anwar Ali 9-Ajmal 10-Junaid 11-Irfan

  • on June 14, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Good work S Rajesh, very informative. I don't know if Pakistani management or selection team have those kind stats or they even bother to look at them..this explains the problem and the culprits should be thrown out to raise their standards. This favoritism and politics has really hurt Pakistan cricket immensely. This is international cricket and save a couple of them rest are all useless.

  • MaestroYousuf on June 14, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Batting has long been pakistan's woes and problem. Its a problem which takes quite some time to rectify and no doubt it comes with hard work and sincere dedication. Off late i have not seen a technically good batsman coming out of pakistan. Its sad and disheartening as a cricket lover to see that pakistan does not carry the same charm and charisma as of the earlier decades. Almost all their top batsman fear loosing their place in the squad resulting in playing selfishly and consuming more dot balls. All the batsman are concerned about their individual performance rather than contributing towards the success of the team. The worst part is most of their batsman dont trust their game and abilities and always fear loosing their spot in the side. They are technically very very week and always play in defensive mindset without rotating the strike. They dont have much variety in their shot making. Personally i am a lot disappointed with regards to pakistan team,selection and their board.

  • on June 14, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    correction" age is 33 and average is 23"

  • NasirSharief on June 14, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Pakistan have a wealth of young batting talent waiting to be given a chance in the national team. Because some players are not performing, give them a rest from the national team and give them a chance to get their form back at domestic level. In the meantime, try out some of our promising new youngsters. The upcoming series against Windies is the perfect opportunity to do so. Give Ahmad Shehzad a go as opener over Farhat. Someone like Azhar Ali is needed at no.3 to rotate the strike through the middle overs. Asad Shafiq, Misbah and Umar Amin should remain in the middle order. Include Hammad Azam as the bowling all rounder. Shoaib Maqsood has been top scorer in both domestic tournaments so deserves a go. Khurram Mansoor has been doing good at domestic level too and had a good start to his international career with three 50s in this first seven ODI innings. Finally Haris Sohail has been touring with the team recently but has not been given a game. He should be tried out too.

  • on June 14, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    I think if people are asking for younis and afridi then muhammad yousuf is the first choice. A true legend. And sorry to say to my people who always ask for afridi have you ever asked for muhammad yousuf in this manner who is a cricketer where as afrifi is an entertainer. he has no technique and he is not a cricketer he is an actor. his age is 33 and average is 33.afridi and kallis starts playing together now kallis is considered history 2nd best all rounder after sober and afridi considered as worst player in history of cricket.My dear people our cricket will remain like this until we demand and respect the players like muhammad yousuf in way the deserve.And definitely the management errors are the top reasons for putting team in this situation.

  • UsmanLK on June 14, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Yes their are problems with their batting line up that need to be addressed sooner than later but one caution for INDIA as well, Pakistan have beaten them in the recent ODI series in their home ground. So even stats you mentioned show how poor they have been recently but can still defeat the strongest team - INDIA (as per your stats). The real problem for Team Pakistan is selection and we are all hoping that is going to be sorted out now as PCB will be revamped.

  • on June 14, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Fawad alam is another example of ignored domestic performer. and they pick umar amin, malik and farhat saying they are performing on domestic.

    My team:

    1-2 Nasir, Ahmed/kamran.

    3- Kamran ( if not opening )/ Azhar/ asad

    4- Haffez

    5- Misbah

    6- 7 Umar / Haris / Fawad / Afridi

    8- Medium pace allrounder

    9- 11 ajmal & 2 pacers.

  • on June 14, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Ahmad1121 and Mohammad AD, please read the article carefully. The stats do not include matches against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Afridi scored 1 century against BD, hence there is only one century mentioned in the article.

  • on June 14, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    i dont think they will drop likes of Farhat & malik or kamran.

    Cheif selector already said yesterday that coaches are responsible. team was perfect.

    Same old thing will happen, all blame will fall on misbah, and captain. They will bring more failed/out of form players like younas & afridi back in. Farhat: we will see again after 2-3 games. malik will always make it in. Umar amin also doesnt look like what they are saying about him. wasim clearly said that he is not an bowling allrounder. merely a batsman who can bowl couple of overs nothing much.

    Kamran can play until batting keeper found but should bat in top3.

  • on June 14, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    its time to drop Malik, farhat, umar amin, & kamran as soon as new keeper found.

    Give chance to Ahmed shezad, umar akmal, haris sohail, azhar ali, & may be asad shafiq ( azhar would be better than Asad ) & if problem with razak/hammad find some other medium pace batting allrounder but seriously need 1 soon.

    instead of malik, farhat & Umar amin from this CT team , i would go with Ahmed, Umar, Haris or Hammad/any medium paceer allrounder.

  • on June 14, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    good analysis.long known. but so far no major effort to correct it. and it looks like going downwards.

    the problem lies with the selection. Imran farhat was in, where as if domestic performace was the scale then Ahmed shehzad would have been in. same goes with Umar amin who was picked ahead of Haris sohail. Shoaib malik is another example of continued faliure.

    And i think Hafeez should drop himself down the order. his problem is moving ball in these conditions. Yes he is no3 but mostly pakistan's no3 comes in 1st 2/3 overs which is like opener.

    Pak need 1 good medium pace batting allrounder to balance the side. with weak batting, they cant afford to go with 3 simple pacers.

    need batting keeper also but if kamran is in team he should be opening. he is worse batsman down the order than on top.

  • Dannymania on June 14, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Great article.Very informative and absolutely spot on. The Pakistani team and the management of the Pakistani team should all read this.It'll surely help him..

  • JaDeD_INDIAN on June 14, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    !00's against " Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and other non-Test-playing sides" has been excluded. Some people should read the complete article.

  • on June 14, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    the worst batting line up ever... especially Malik, farhat and kamran akmal are real waste! include Hafeez's batting (to some extent).

  • tanweeralam on June 14, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    I do not wonder why so many people are in favor of U.Akmal, no doubt he has shown promise of a world class player. But mere promise without application and more importantly commitment and professionalism is what set people apart. Many are born with talent and promise equal to if not more than Tendulkar/ Ponting/ Lara (in current times I am talking about), but what set them apart are there character. Coming back to U.Akmal, I am not sure about his commitment considering the way he gets out and tries too many things at the same time and get out in the most needed times "Always". But I am sure about his un-professionalism, remember how he developed finger pain and back pain when asked to keep at the cost of dropping his brother K.Akmal. No one can force him to keep and bat but at that moment for the team he should have taken the burden but he did not because he was more concerned with his brother's place in the side than win for his country.

  • on June 14, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    shahid Afridi have 2 ODI centuries after 2009.please confirm your information.before posting it on international websites.

  • on June 14, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    So , If we can say India's batting is Number one in the period after 2009, It will truth.

  • on June 14, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Pakistan Batting has been problem from day 1 i start watching cricket.. Even the greats like Inzi, S. anwar, Ijaz etc used to struggle on seeming and bouncy wickets.. But this current batting lineup is a mess. even worse then Bangladesh or Zimbabwe,, a club side... There is no batting talent coming up in country... unfortunately...

  • funnykid on June 14, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Very interesting and thought provoking stats, should be eye opener for PCB but who cares in PCB which is non existent at the moment. The problem is deep routed, replacement of few batsmen would not solve the problem. Pakistan has not been producing quality batsmen for the last so many years; Muhammad Yousaf was the last one and after that nothing. To my mind, the problem lies at the grass route level. School and college level cricket has almost finished in Pakistan, similarly, club cricket is also fast diminishing. There are no play grounds in the big cities like Lahore and Karachi, most of the land has been eaten up for commercial purposes. Children play on the streets. Its hightime that some one takes notice and pay attention to cricket at grass root level otherwise Pakistan cricket would meet the same fate that of Hockey and Squash.

  • on June 14, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Wow. Simply outstanding analysis!

  • sschivate on June 14, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    "only Misbah-ul-Haq and Nasir Jamshed have 400-plus averages" - I think the correct number is "40-plus averages"...

  • Ahsan-cric-freak on June 14, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    All Hail Misbah!! It's time now to give Misbah as much respect as we used to give Inzi, Dravid, Ganguly and Yousuf... He's been a lone article in this batting line up and for an instance in last match a fielder as well.. I will love watching him play "WC15". #Brilliantskipper {P.S: critics, kindly ponder over the above stats by Rajesh!}

  • Farrukh.91. on June 14, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    considering average as well as strike rate, just check who has been Pakistan's best batsman since 2009 (average*SR/100); Misbah (30.64), then Umar Akmal (29.10), and then Afridi (27.72); why u drop two of your best 3 is beyond anybody's understanding!

  • on June 14, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Sir please check up with your stats, Shahid Afridi scored 2 Hundrers from Jan2009, you wrote only 1 up on the stats & both those hundrers were scored in the Asia cup 2010.

  • Ahmad1121 on June 14, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    Awesome stats, now would you mind passing on all this info to PCB and Pak team coaching staff. I reckon if they even know all this. Smh ... Pathetic batting by Pakistanis truly.

  • Ahmad1121 on June 14, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    Awesome stats, now would you mind passing on all this info to PCB and Pak team coaching staff. I reckon if they even know all this. Smh ... Pathetic batting by Pakistanis truly.

  • on June 14, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Sir please check up with your stats, Shahid Afridi scored 2 Hundrers from Jan2009, you wrote only 1 up on the stats & both those hundrers were scored in the Asia cup 2010.

  • Farrukh.91. on June 14, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    considering average as well as strike rate, just check who has been Pakistan's best batsman since 2009 (average*SR/100); Misbah (30.64), then Umar Akmal (29.10), and then Afridi (27.72); why u drop two of your best 3 is beyond anybody's understanding!

  • Ahsan-cric-freak on June 14, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    All Hail Misbah!! It's time now to give Misbah as much respect as we used to give Inzi, Dravid, Ganguly and Yousuf... He's been a lone article in this batting line up and for an instance in last match a fielder as well.. I will love watching him play "WC15". #Brilliantskipper {P.S: critics, kindly ponder over the above stats by Rajesh!}

  • sschivate on June 14, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    "only Misbah-ul-Haq and Nasir Jamshed have 400-plus averages" - I think the correct number is "40-plus averages"...

  • on June 14, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Wow. Simply outstanding analysis!

  • funnykid on June 14, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Very interesting and thought provoking stats, should be eye opener for PCB but who cares in PCB which is non existent at the moment. The problem is deep routed, replacement of few batsmen would not solve the problem. Pakistan has not been producing quality batsmen for the last so many years; Muhammad Yousaf was the last one and after that nothing. To my mind, the problem lies at the grass route level. School and college level cricket has almost finished in Pakistan, similarly, club cricket is also fast diminishing. There are no play grounds in the big cities like Lahore and Karachi, most of the land has been eaten up for commercial purposes. Children play on the streets. Its hightime that some one takes notice and pay attention to cricket at grass root level otherwise Pakistan cricket would meet the same fate that of Hockey and Squash.

  • on June 14, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Pakistan Batting has been problem from day 1 i start watching cricket.. Even the greats like Inzi, S. anwar, Ijaz etc used to struggle on seeming and bouncy wickets.. But this current batting lineup is a mess. even worse then Bangladesh or Zimbabwe,, a club side... There is no batting talent coming up in country... unfortunately...

  • on June 14, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    So , If we can say India's batting is Number one in the period after 2009, It will truth.

  • on June 14, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    shahid Afridi have 2 ODI centuries after 2009.please confirm your information.before posting it on international websites.